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Referee / Official Debbie Jackson inducted into the Volleyball Alberta Hall of Fame


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If volleyball in Alberta had a backbone it just might be Debbie Jackson.  Over the last 4 decades, Debbie has been one of Alberta’s most active volleyball officials.  From small town gyms to National Championships, high school to College and University, Debbie has officiated in every corner of Alberta, and in 9 out of 10 Canadian provinces.

From the beginning of her officiating career, Jackson has been involved as Zone Official’s Chair. When she wasn’t refereeing herself, she was assigning, developing zone structure and running clinics for other refs.Debbie served as Regional Official’s Chair for Alberta from 2002 to 2008. She contributed to the Domestic Competitions Committee, served as Level IV Chair, and as a member of the Level IV Upgrade Committee. Debbie also developed and chaired the Female Referee Development Committee

Debbie Jackson has refereed at multiple provincial and national college and university championships and twice at the Canada Games. She has served as referee supervisor / mentor at a dozen and counting national college championships, the World Junior Games, the World Masters Games, and every Youth National Championship since 1998.

Today Debbie works mostly as a mentor to new and experienced volleyball referees, but she still picks up the whistle when she’s asked.

Debbie Jackson was inducted into the 2023 Volleyball Alberta Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet on June 24, 2023, in Calgary.  This is her official induction video.

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Running Reins Ranch partners with members of the local Indigenous community to set-up teepee accommodations and host regular cultural programming for guests.

Tourism investment fuels growth in rural Alberta

Alberta’s government continues to support regional tourism opportunities across the province, generating jobs and new tourism destinations for locals and visitors alike.  

Ahead of World Tourism Day 2023, Minister of Tourism and Sport Joseph Schow visited Running Reins Ranch to see first-hand how tourism investment grants are making a difference in the lives of Albertans.

“Alberta’s government is proud to invest in growing visitor destinations like Running Reins Ranch that celebrate the richness and diversity of Alberta’s rural destinations and provide a sustainable tourism experience for visitors to enjoy.”

Joseph Schow, Minister of Tourism and Sport

As part of the Tourism Investment Program, Running Reins Ranch received a $250,000 grant from Travel Alberta.

“Our investment will support the building of additional unique accommodations at the ranch that will triple their capacity, emphasize their year-round offerings and create five new full-time jobs. This investment in Running Reins Ranch is a perfect example of how Travel Alberta is driving tourism growth in rural communities across the province.”

Jon Mamela, chief commercial officer, Travel Alberta

Running Reins is located east of Innisfail, offering cabin and teepee accommodations and a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors looking to combine the beauty of the Prairies with farm experiences for a one-of-a-kind getaway.

Right to Left: Minister of Tourism and Sport Joseph Schow, Owners of Running Reins Ranch Terry and Janice Scott, and team member Grace Finlan.

“This funding is a game-changer for us and our business. We are excited to bring our vision to life and provide visitors with unforgettable experiences while supporting the economic growth of the surrounding community.”

Janice and Terry Scott, owners, Running Reins Ranch

Tourism is Alberta’s No. 1 service export sector. In 2019, Alberta welcomed 34.6 million visitors, generating $10.1 billion in expenditures and supporting more than 80,000 full-time jobs. The Tourism Investment Program is Travel Alberta’s commitment to investing $15 million annually with communities and operators to develop the province’s tourism sector. Developing Alberta’s rural and agri-tourism sector is an essential component of the government’s efforts to grow Alberta’s tourism economy to more than $20 billion by 2035.

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  • In 2022-23, Travel Alberta funded 166 projects across 73 communities – about 75 per cent of the projects and 70 per cent of the funding were in smaller urban and rural areas of the province.
  • In December 2022, Alberta’s government released its Economic Development in Rural Alberta Plan, with supporting initiatives that demonstrate the government’s commitment to building healthy and prosperous communities across rural Alberta and Indigenous communities.
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